Staff Learning Intern

Lisle, IL
Part Time

At The Morton Arboretum, our commitment to continuous learning is reflected in one of our core employee values- “keep learning”. To address the challenge of staying updated on the multitude of projects and programs within our large institution, we are seeking a staff intern to assist in implementing an employee learning program. The focal point of this program is the monthly "Know Your Arboretum" (KYA) series, where staff members share insights on their work through presentations and workshops. The core responsibilities will include evaluating and researching KYA topics, recruiting presenters, planning sessions, and entering information on our intranet and Learning Management System. Your contribution will play a vital role in fostering a culture of ongoing learning and collaboration among our diverse workforce.

Position Summary: Assist with the implementation of an employee training program to help foster and enhance interdepartmental collaboration and communication. A key element of this training program is a monthly Know Your Arboretum (KYA) training series where staff from across the organization share information about their current work with members of other departments through in-person and/or virtual presentations and hands-on workshops. The Staff Learning Intern will help evaluate and research KYA topics, enlist presenters, plan sessions, and enter information into the Arboretum’s intranet and Learning Management System.

Essential Functions: 

  • Work with Knowledge Management and Human Resources staff to elicit feedback from staff about learning needs and develop a prioritized list of future topics.
  • Collect and analyze Know Your Arboretum (KYA) attendance and other relevant data to identify trends and prioritize training needs.
  • Recruit staff presenters for KYA sessions.
  • Schedule and coordinate KYA sessions and enter them on the staff intranet site and in the Arboretum’s Learning Management System.
  • Review and edit transcripts from past training sessions.
  • Demonstrate alignment with the Arboretum’s employee core values to be inclusive, take ownership, work together, keep learning, and make the Arboretum exceptional.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: High school diploma or equivalent required. Current enrollment in an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree program in Education, Communication, Social Sciences, or a related field is strongly preferred. Must have strong organizational skills and a close attention to detail.  Excellent written and verbal communication skills required. Proficiency with Google applications (Docs, Sheets, Slides, etc.) and Zoom required. Basic proficiency in spreadsheet applications and capacity to perform basic data analysis tasks like calculating totals, averages, percentages, and other standard statistical measures. 

Success Factors: Proactive, energetic, and friendly individual with the ability to work in a team environment with all levels of management and staff. Willingness to learn new technologies. Strong organizational skills and an interest in learning. Detail-oriented, responsive, and flexible. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: operating a computer for extended periods of time.
  • Work Environment: Office environment and/or remote work environment. 
  • Equipment: General office equipment.

The hiring rate for this position is $17.00/hour

For full consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter.


The Morton Arboretum is a champion for diversity, supporting a culture of inclusion that attracts, inspires, and engages people to achieve success. The Arboretum is committed to hire and develop employees based on job-related qualifications irrespective of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, or veteran status. To increase diversity in professions related to the public garden realm, we encourage applications from underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.  

The Morton Arboretum is dedicated to complying with our obligations as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All applicants are guaranteed equal consideration for employment. 

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